SCALE App: Minister of Education and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan recently launched the SCALE (Skill Certification Assessment for Leather Employees) app.
- It was launched during his visit to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) on September 20, 2022.
- The application has been developed by the Leather Skill Sector Council (LSSC).
- This app provides a one-stop service for skilling, learning, assessment and job opportunities for the leather industry.
- It provides online live streaming classes from a studio at the LSSC’s office.
- Anyone with an interest in leather crafts can enroll in these classes.
- The Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) is a non-profit organization set up in 2012.
- It was established to help the leather sector of India meet the demands for qualified workers.
- Its responsibility is to create skilled ecosystem in India’s leather industry through capacity building measures.
- Its goals include creating a skilled labour force for the leather and leather goods sector as well as ensuring the availability of qualified workers at all industrial segments and organizational levels.
- Currently, it is acknowledged as one of the significant industry skills councils by the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
India’s leather sector:
- In India, the leather industry is predicted to add 2.39 million new jobs between 2017 and 2022.
This includes -
- 0.88 million full-time workers,
- 0.77 million employed in small businesses and
- 0.74 million self-employed or daily wage workers like cobblers.
- This sector has one of the youngest and most productive workforce comprising labourers below the age of 55.
- India’s leather sector produces about 3 billion square feet of leather every year.
- About 13% of leather hides and skins are produced in the country.
- India is currently the world's second-largest footwear production and consumer.
- 9% of all footwear produced in the world is from India.